Now more than ever, parents see amazing results with the best Martial arts for kids helping them achieve better grades and become more confident people. That’s because the best Martial arts for kids is about way more than just punches and kicks. It’s about transforming kids into the best versions of themselves they can possibly be! Read on to find out more about this amazing sport and after-school activity.
Discipline and Success in Kids Martial Arts Classes
First, let’s take a step back and define a really important word. What does “success” mean to you? Some people define success through wealth, material goods, the time they spend with their family, or the number of lives they impact, but there’s no concrete definition. No matter how you slice it, most successful people, like world-famous athletes, celebrities, and business leaders, can attribute all of their success to one key thing- never giving up.
We only know about successful people because they’re, well, successful, so, we don’t remember that they were once “normal” people who built their lives on important lessons like perseverance. It’s not a coincidence that we teach perseverance and discipline in every single martial arts class. Learning these skills is how leaders are formed.
Persevering through the tougher parts of life and disciplining oneself to do what’s right, even when it’s hard, makes a good person great. These skills make people kind, compassionate, respectful to others, and they create better community members and industry leaders. Can you see why it’s so beneficial to establish discipline and perseverance early on? Especially if you want your child to become the most successful versions of themselves, however, they define it- you have to lay that foundation.
Self-discipline and perseverance are critical for performance in school as well. That’s why we’ve seen plenty of kids come into their first martial arts class with low grades and behavior problems and then turn it around super quick with better behavior and higher grades than ever as classes progress. Our instructors help them become “indistractable,” listen carefully to their teachers, instructors, parents, and peers, and learn how to inspire themselves to complete their homework and projects without an adult’s influence. Kind of awesome!
Martial Arts Teach Kids Confidence
So over the span of their martial arts classes, we see these kids totally transform. They get better grades, keep at it until they get their goal, and behave like angels, that’s great for us as adults (and, of course, for the kids too). But you probably want to know, how do MA classes benefit your child right now? Where is that short-term benefit to complement the life-long habits of success we’re building? Here’s a secret, the best thing about martial arts is that the punches and kicks, though helpful for sure, are kind of a disguise for something deeper. Martial arts isn’t just a self-defense curriculum. It’s a tool we use to teach confidence from the inside out, a skill that will help kids right off the bat. Martial arts can be challenging for kids, especially because they’re just starting to learn how to coordinate all their body parts together and focus. When they’re trying and trying to get a certain move right and continue to persevere because they know they can do it, that’s confidence. When they’re persevering because they think they’re dumb, a failure, or that they’re not going to make someone proud, that’s definitely not confidence. You have to pair both discipline and true confidence to have your child become the best they can be.
So in those moments of struggle (which are inevitable, by the way), our instructors, our instructors come in and teach them how to engage in positive self-talk, which is essentially just telling yourself good things. Instead of “I can’t, I’m dumb, I’ll never get it so what’s the point,” we teach our students to say “I can and I will, I’m trying my best, and I will keep going until I achieve my goal.” And what’s really so cool about this is that this positive self-talk starts to have a real impact. The instructors get through to them, and the kids become more confident. They see that they really are able to do anything they put their mind to (with the right attitude), and they become so excited and proud of themselves as they achieve their goals. It’s amazing to see the transformations that occur in kids who enter our classes shy and unconfident and end up letting their real personalities shine through! One more important topic. Confidence is really important for helping kids become what we call bully-proof. The bullies at school (and in your child’s own head) don’t stand a chance against a confident child. A confident child isn’t afraid to stand up for themselves and others who are being picked on. Imagine if all kids were like this! This is why we strongly believe all children should take martial arts classes. The benefits are so amazing.
Martial Arts is for Everyone
Now that you understand how martial arts classes build the foundation for life-long success we’ve established how martial arts fosters life-changing success skills in kids}, we’ll touch on two other practical benefits. First, another cool thing about martial arts is that it’s a great place for kids who are sporty, as they’ll learn those awesome skills that make them better athletes overall… But it’s also a real home for kids who are not so sporty and may feel left out because of it. Because martial arts is an individual sport in a group setting, kids who may be shy about being “not so athletic” don’t have to worry about “letting their team down” or getting picked on. All they focus on is their own growth and improvement (while they cheer on their peers of course!). And because it’s an individual sport, kids learn how to set and get their own goals and recognize their own achievements. It’s excellent for boosting that confidence in not-so-sporty kids and allowing them to be really proud of themselves in a new way.
It may go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway… Martial arts is a form of self-defense. Self-defense is, in our opinion, absolutely essential for everyone to have in their back pocket, regardless of age, gender, or ability. We always say it’s something you don’t want to have to use, but will definitely wish you learned if you need it. Though we teach nonviolent forms of conflict resolution and show students that physical self-defense should only be used as a last resort, if a bully gets violent or an emergency happens, it’s important for your child to know how to protect themselves.
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So now you know why we believe that all kids should take martial arts classes! Martial arts is an amazing tool we use to teach kids the life-changing skills of discipline, perseverance, and confidence. Plus, it’s a great sport for any child to be proud of their accomplishments and become positive leaders in their community! Get started today with our risk-free trial. Your child will love it!